NOVA’S WRIGHT: BIG EAST HOOPS MIGHT NOT BEGIN UNTIL JANUARY!

By Harry Allison

The Big East is considering playing conference-only games for the 2020-21 college basketball season, a league source told hoops insider Adam Zangora.

“It is just one of several options we are modeling,” the source told Zangora. “The virus is in control. We are trying to anticipate potential different scenarios.”The source said there’s no timeline on making a decision.“No timeline,” the source said. “We just don’t know what the next couple months hold.”

The Big East announced last Thursday that it would play conference-only games for six fall sports: men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball and field hockey. (The Big East does not have football.)

The league said its plans for the 2020-21 winter and spring sports seasons “remain unaffected at this time.”

Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard is on record suggesting an extended Big East Conference schedule of 25 or 26 games and keeping all league teams on the same testing platform.

“I have to make sure the team I’m playing against is doing the same exact thing I’m doing,” he told the New York Post.

Villanova coach Jay Wright, who has won two of the last four NCAA titles, also said college basketball might not begin until January — at least.

Iona coach Rick Pitino has said several times he’s in favor of starting college basketball in January.Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said “I think we need to find a way to make basketball and sports work.”

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